Bangkok Bound is live! Zane just upped the full length from laster year’s epic trip to Bangkok. The sections of this have been leaking onto the internet the past week but have been stitched together for the real deal. Sit back and take a trip with some of the best dudes on the freestyle scene!
If there’s one dude that’s been at the forefront of fixed freestyle media the past few years it’d have to be Zane Meyer. With his resume spanning an array of video projects I was pumped when he hit me up about his most recent one. After pulling together an epic trip to Bangkok last year he’ll be traveling back and beyond to show his new film Bangkok Bound. I checked in with him last week for a few questions on the project and what’s new in his world…click through for the full read!
1. I got a chance to peep the rough cut of Bangkok Bound and it looks like one hell of a trip. Definitely a wild scene out there and you had the perfect crew to keep things fun. What should people expect from this little travel flick?
This edit was a lot fun to put together. Like all my edits, It’s definitely music driven and shows a good amount of “Lifestyle/True Reality. My music choice in this is more psychedelic then what people are used to. Also captured some priceless moments like Steven jumping over a security’s scooter while the security guard was sleeping. Obviously Combs being Combs and having the locals messing around.
Last weekend at Ride + Style Zane slipped me a copy of the most recent CFTY 3. The packaging is primo with a hard cover book chock full of photos from the filming and a slot for the DVD. Here’s a little promo look at the book and be sure to grab you a copy right here. The video is rad as hell…be on the lookout for a review on here in the next week!
After teaming up with Zane on the Instagram contest we have going UNTIL TOMORROW we decided to drop a little 11 Questions on ya. Haven’t done one in a while and haven’t ever done one with a videographer so I’m pretty stoked on this. Zane’s at the forefront of fixed freestyle right now via his involvement with UVT and the successful Can’t Fool the Youth Series. I know a lot of dudes grew up watching 411 videos on the regular so what the CFTY series has brought to the scene is welcomed. Here’s a look into the brain of Zane Meyer…and don’t forget to jump on the Instagram contest before its too lateee.
(filming Matt Reyes wall 180)
1) How long have you been riding/involved with the scene?
ZANE: I got my first bike in 2009. An SE Lager.
(the early days)
2) After spending time with some of the top riders on issues 1 and 2 what do you see in store for the future of FGFS?
ZANE: FGFS has so much potential. The peak has not hit yet especially seeing these Young Gunz pushing the scene. I have always looked at skateboarding as a great parallel to FGFS. The early 2009 days were our “Dog Town” years trying to figure everything out. Now we are in the early 80’s era of skateboarding. The bikes are dialed now, riders perfecting their style and traeling around the world. Bigger companies are going to come in the next year or two and really put this sport on the map for the world to see. I truly believe some riders will make a career outof this sport.
3) I’m sure you’re stoked on CFTY as a whole but you have to like one section more than the others…which one?
ZANE: That’s hard. I love the griminess of the road trip. Everyone went hard. Friends section is always fun to edit but Devon’s part was my favorite. Slum and I filmed it and Slum put it together really well.
4) Editing video means late nights in front of the computer. Favorite fast food joint at 2AM?
ZANE: No fast food for me. Water and sunflower seeds are usually what I’m eating while editing. Got to get of the seeds…
5) What motivated you to make the jump from just being into bikes to beingdirectly involved in the industry?
ZANE: I have had great opportunities come my way. I have always done the video media for Us Versus Them. James Banuelous introduced FGFS to UVT and was managing the team at the time. When Gus first started riding with us I started filming with him and he introduced me to all the Long Beach riders. James later brought Steven Jensen on the team and gave me the chance to run it. Day 1 I welcomed Devon Lawson and just recently brought Dew Sippawit on board. Then about a year ago I joined Colby (Elrick) & Corbin (Dahl) to run SKYLMT. Stay tuned for big things coming!
(filming Steven Jensen)
6) Now that issue 2 is under your belt is what can everyone expect to peep in issue 3?
ZANE: Issue 1 i filmed and edited just about everything myself. Issue 2 Matt Reyes, Jeff Dempler, Mike Schmitt and Omar (Sebai) helped film and sent in clips. Issue 3 and future issues from here on out will consist of more footage from different filmers. Issue 3 specifically will have a day in the life section. I’m also looking into doing a photo book for issue 3 with the DVD and Gus’s zine inside.
(Matt Reyes shooting a Jakob Santos double peg for CFTY2)
7) If you make action sports videos you’ve got to have a favorite…drop one or two and why?
ZANE: Favorite videos…I grew up skateboarding so I would say 411 Video Magazine. Loved that format. That’s where a lot of the influence came from for CFTY. Fulfill the Dream and any Girl?Chocolate video.
8) CFTY filled a void for FGFS in my book. What are some overall goals for the series?
ZANE: Thanks! I would say just to keep filming and the culture and lifestyle that surrounds FGFS.
9) I know you’re a busy dude with a lot of projects going. What inspires you to keep pushing forward?
My dad always told me hands are better full than empty. The best inspiration is having creative content in your life. I’m always trying to surround myself with creative people.
10) Any tips for aspiring filmmakers out there looking to get something started?
ZANE: Always have your camera around your neck. A lot of the content in my videos were not planned out but just me capturing reality. I wouldn’t go to film school unless someone is paying you.
11) Shoutouts to the homies?!
Shout outs…so many…My best friends Vanessa has always stuck by me through my highs and lows. Big shout out to the UVT Fam. Every single person in FGFS that is still pushing the sport. Colby, Matt Reyes, Jeff Dempler, Mike Schmitt and Omar for being involved in the last issue!
If you don’t already own Can’t Fool The Youth you’re slipping hard. A video magazine and the first of its kind in the fixed freestyle world, Zane Meyer’s project has quickly become one of the most talked about with the upcoming CFTY 2 release at this years’ Ride and Style. I know I can’t wait to peep that shit and all the hard work that has gone into it. Until you can get your grubby little hands on that peep this Steven Jensen profile from the first issue…he brings it as usual with his next level bike control. Dig this and what’s to come.
This is some pretty epic shit right here. No pun intended. Zane put together this piece on one of the sickest fixed comps to go do yet. Right in my backyard, the Epic comp took place last weekend and went off. Dudes from everywhere made their way to Northern California for what turned out to be a damn good comp. I got to judge the event being one of the hosts so it was rad just hanging out with people and cruising the park. This bit below right here is definitely the best coverage from the event there will ever be. At about 10 minutes it has a bit of everything in it from the drive up to the day at the comp and a bunch of extras. SO on point. In fact this is getting the plug on Hypebeast which is good for all this. Props to Zane, the so cal dudes and everyone else that came out and helped make this happen…especially Derek Salvador. Pretty hyped that this is going to be an annual event. I know I’d fail some video song quizzes for sureeee.